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Have the temporary changes to EHC timescales in England had an impact in your area?

Monday 20th July 2020


The Department for Education (DfE) is reviewing how long the coronavirus-related amendments to timescales for various Education, Health and Care (EHC) processes need to remain in force. They are currently due to end on the 25th September 2020.

These changes were introduced in May 2020 and temporarily gave local authorities and other bodies more flexibility in the timescales for EHC processes, such as considering EHC assessment requests, and issuing EHC plans, as they responded to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Some local authorities won't have needed to use these temporary powers, but others have done.

We are interested to know if you think that these changes have had an impact on arrangements for children in your local area. Email us at web.team@contact.org.uk if you think there has been a significant impact.

At Contact we think that these changes should come to an end on 25 September 2020. The Department for Education has already announced that they won't extend the temporary change in the law for providing the support outlined in an EHC plan in England beyond 31st July 2020.

Need advice on school or learning?

Families needing advice about EHC processes or any aspect of their child's education, can contact our freephone helpline on 0808 808 3555 and speak to our education advisers.

You can also email us at helpline@contact.org.uk or get in touch with our helpline team via Live Chat, Facebook or Twitter.